Carly Anderson, Cardiovascular Roundtable
Given the recent nationwide focus on heart failure (HF) readmissions—and many hospitals’ struggle to reduce readmissions by any significant amount—the Roundtable has been fielding an increased number of requests on HF transitional coaches, coordinators, and other multidisciplinary staff.
CV specialists seek staff that can provide patient education and post-discharge follow-up to decrease the likelihood of readmission, and also further coordinate and improve care for this complex and comorbid population.
Access a compilation of job descriptions and responsibilities to designate roles for programs focused on HF management and improvement.
Ready your staff to reduce heart failure readmissions
The median earnings for cardiologists was slightly lower in 2011 than 2010, falling from $325,000 to $314,000, according to the most recent installation of an annual Medscape survey on physician compensation. Cardiologists ranked third among the 25 specialties surveyed, trailing only radiologists and orthopedic surgeons. However, despite their high ranking, the number of cardiologists who felt they were fairly compensated remained low at 46%, among the lowest in the survey.
Cardiologists see slight pay decline in 2011
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently released the results of its Hospital Executive Leadership Awareness and Attitudes survey. Results provide an updated estimate of the percentage of hospitals employing cardiologists and indicate that the trend is continuing its upward trajectory. (See the Roundtable’s coverage of the ACC’s 2010 survey of cardiologists.)
Employment trends: 40% of administrators have acquired or considered acquisition of cardiologists